What a magical and powerful thing it is indeed. Qi/Chi (sounds like Chee) is your go-go juice for lack of a better translation. It is the “energy” that allows us to live, breathe, digest, feel, walk, run, think, etc. Without it we, this body as we know it would die. Qi is much more than all of this. It is within everything, not just us. The trees, rivers, oceans, animals, etc. (again), all have qi within and around them animating them as well. Can this be quantified or seen, people have and are trying. There are several machines that can “see” patterns of qi, areas of qi concentration along the acupuncture points, and those that can “manipulate” qi. Energy workers, acupuncturists, body workers, down to yes, traditional western docs all manipulate qi. We all do it in unique ways, Anything we choose to “do” to our bodies will “help” or “hinder” our qi. For example, if you wake up after a good nights sleep, stretch, perhaps do some yoga, go for a run, eat well balanced, organic foods, consciously breathe throughout your day, you are helping your qi to function optimumly. However, if you choose to get a couple of hours of sleep, wake up, eat a donut, go to work, sit in front of your computer all day, don’t stretch, eat perhaps McDonalds for lunch, go home, sit in front of the TV, have a few beers, this is not optimum for our qi. Some of us will crash faster than others, but the effects will accumulate over time, and you will not be living the most optimum you can within your body.
It is important to be aware and respectful of the qi within your own body, as well as the rest of the planet. Nourish it well and you will be nourished back. Some ways to nourish include: yoga, tai chi, qi gong, organic foods, meditation, and overall balance in life. The link I am including is to You Tube and is a longish video, but perhaps one of the most poignant demonstrations of qi by a true master on the planet. I truly hope you take the ten minutes to watch it. As always, if you are in question if your qi is moving and running well in your body, please call.
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